ROAD RANTS

Road Rants: Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Illinois in contention for worst drivers award

2013-06-08T00:00:00Z Road Rants: Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Illinois in contention for worst drivers awardBy Ben Brickman AUTO OUTRAGE CONTRIBUTOR nwitimes.com
June 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Back in Week 4 I asked the question, “Which state has the worst drivers?” Well, this hit a nerve. I am sure you have your own idea about the state that deserves the trophy, but let's take a look at the nominees. A lady I was seated next to on a plane recently thought the award should go to Texas. I guess even the number of bad drivers is big in Texas.

My son and I went on a trip down I-65 that ended in the Peach State. We also visited the USS Alabama in Mobile. At one point Junior suggested that we mount the 16-inch cannons on the front of the rental car. He's a chip off the old block. Heck, Enterprise won't mind. The cannons will definitely discourage oncoming traffic and might even start a new trend in advanced automotive accessories. Many of us have probably wanted missiles on our car at one time or another. One local wrote in explaining he wanted a dart gun mounted on his car that would shoot darts that would stick to the backs of cars. He suggested the flag on the dart could read, "IDIOT!" I bet we can come up with a few "saltier" alternatives.

Rant 1: Many of us take our lives into our own hands and travel up the Dan Ryan (I-94) for a trip into the City. It is not uncommon for traffic to be heavy, all lanes filled and traveling 20 mph over the speed limit. Josh Kaiser wrote in that he was speeding along when “VROOOM!, a sport bike sped between him and the truck that was next to him at what he clocked at 120 mph. We have all seen motorcyclists weave through traffic, but only a complete moron would shoot between two vehicles side-by-side at a buck twenty. Add to this that he had on no helmet, no shirt, shorts and---get this---sandals. He was so close that Josh could see his toes and the hotdog needed a pedicure.

Rant 2: In the great state of Tennessee, Junior and I spot a tanker truck that is swerving all over the road. He can't figure out which lane he wants to use or which part of the lane he prefers. At times he is using two to three lanes at once. We pull alongside and emblazoned on the shiny steel tank is the brand of one of Tennessee's distilleries. I can't mention the brand here. Nice driving, Jack!

Rant 3: Junior and I watched a real peach returning from Georgia, just north of Atlanta. He weaved over six lanes lanes of traffic to exit off I-75 on the right. What made this particularly aggravating was that it was at 5 p.m., rush hour, and the lanes were crowded. Plus, he was honking and threatening to bash into anyone's car that didn't slam on the brakes and make room for him. Isn't he "special?”

It’s Audience Participation Time... Want to vent about a bad intersection? Have a suggestion for the state with the worst drivers? Have a Dimwit Driver Alert? Great! Send it to: RoadRants@nwi.com. You can also call in your rants at 219-933-1010. Leave your message. Include all the details. We will work it into the paper. We are also on Facebook, NWI Road Rants.

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